Evolution of a Table

Sometimes a table setting doesn’t come easy, and that’s when I look around the house  hoping to find something from which a table can evolve.

tablescapeToday a handcrafted porcelain box, whimsical and alive with color, plants the seed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs they have so many times, these vases of not so real poppies and tulips become part of the evolution and with the box sit on a contemporary Italian design black rubber runner.

tablescapeDishes?  No problem.  Turquoise and green hand painted Italian pottery on alternating combinations of burgundy and gold, is made for this table.

napkinsnapkinsNapkin rings, again handmade, have just right colors, too.    Add the lovely little salt dishes from a forgotten spot in the cabinet, and the table is shaping up!

glasswareglasswareglasswareAt first, etched glass stems were part of the setting, but as I looked again at the box, it seemed very right to have the glassware play off the colors as well.

tablescapeWith all the elements in place, what began as a challenging exercise has become a table full of color and texture, qualities that never fail to excite me.

tablescapeAs the light dims and I take a last look at the table, I see it as part of a whole made up of mainly handcrafted pieces, each of which evokes a memory and is a special tribute to talented people.  Together they evolve to become not only a pleasing table but a very personal statement.

I would love to know what inspires your tables and what they say about you.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind


Tablescape Thursday

18 thoughts on “Evolution of a Table

  1. Funny about tables. In the ancient culture of the time of Jesus people at sitting on the floor as is Arab tradition. So a lot of art work with tables in Lord’s Supper may be inaccurate.

    1. As may be a lot of other stuff having todo with Jesus.

  2. I LOVE those dishes!…gorgeous and love your inspiration piece..it seems like you create your beautiful tables from an inspiration piece that is truly a treasure, or a theme of which you want your guests to enjoy…I try to do the same; however, do not have the incredible art pieces that you have and I so admire!…And why have I not noticed the glass wall before…it is a work of art too!!!

  3. Sometimes you just have to FEEL a table, don’t you? The elements can be a big ol’ jumbled mess in your mind…or not there at all!…but they somehow find their place on the table! What you end up with is something that has soul. Terrific table! And it looks extra cool with that glass wall behind it!!!

  4. Thank you sooo much for stopping by my Purple Passion Easter Table. Because you commented (a very sweet comment, with the word “drama” linked to my table!!!) I was able to get here to visit, and wow! What a table you’ve created!! Talk about drama! Your goblet mix is an incredibly effective twist, (and what a collection it is!). That picture in front of the glass wall is a real wow too! Thanks again for visiting and for bringing me back! 🙂

  5. Lovely table. And your window behind the table is just to die for – must let so much light into your room!! I also think the poppies add so much whimsy to your table. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Linda, You are an artist! I enjoy your creativity.

    We have to meet one day!!!!

    1. We must have been posting to one another at the same time! Agreed, I’d love to meet you!

  7. I so enjoy watching the various tablescapes you create. I am locally famous for creating tablescapes for our parties that get up to 3 feet high and have featured French Medals and Porcelain, including the French Legion of Honor Medal and whalebone portrait of Marie Antoinette. You see my birthday is French Independence Day…….perfect for planning parties. Keep up that beautiful creativity!

    1. You must share your creation! Thank you for your kind words….they are always much appreciated.

  8. Beautiful…love seeing how it all came together. Great color scheme!

  9. Love your table…it is alive with color and lends itself to good food and lively conversation.

    1. Thanks, Karen, I hope you are right.

  10. Hi Lulu….
    Love the turquoise plates! beautiful…….and the napkin rings are adorable!

  11. tslef@earthlink.net Leffler March 20, 2014 — 11:02 am

    One of my favorite table settings ever!

  12. Those hand painted dishes are very pretty! Love the colors!

    1. Would you believe, Kathleen, the pottery is from the 50’s. It belonged to my mother-in-law, and I so love it.

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